[socialpsy-teach] TSP Newsletter - Vol. 15, No. 1

David P. Dillard


Date: Sat, 03 Oct 2015 13:01:50 -0500
From: Jon Mueller <jfmueller@...>
To: socialpsy-teach@...
Subject: [socialpsy-teach] TSP Newsletter - Vol. 15, No. 1

Teaching Social Psychology Newsletter

Vol. 15, No. 1

"September 30," 2015

the e-mail newsletter accompanying the

Resources for the Teaching of Social Psychology website at

Oops, I think I forgot September.  No, wait, this is a bonus issue for October!  See, it's all in the way you frame it.


 Activities and Exercises


         Attraction & Relationships: "Why a good marriage is hard to find"

         A couple activities from C. Nathan DeWall related to a recent article in Current Directions

         Attraction & Relationships: "Love sees loveliness"


         Some good discussion questions around this interesting Current Directions article

         General: An updated Jigsaw Classroom


         Scott Plous received an APS teaching grant to update and improve the Jigsaw Classroom website, which describes and
provides resources around this collaborative learning technique developed by Elliot Aronson.

         The Self: "The powers and perils of optimism"


         An activity from David Myers regarding a Current Directions article


        Attraction & Relationships: "Romantic love is an evolved commitment device"

        Interesting article entitled "Pair bonding, romantic love, and evolution: The curious case of Homo Sapiens"

        Prejudice: Is gaydar a myth?


        According to this new article, recent research suggesting the (limited) existence of gaydar does not stand up to further


Social Judgment/Prejudice: Stereotyping

14-year-old brought a homemade clock to school to show his teacher. But he was the wrong color.  Could be
a bomb.

Topic Resources

Aggression: Do video games have any effect on our youth?

The fiesty world of video game research is on full display in the most recent issue of Perspectives on Psychological
Science.  It's fun to read the back and forth between the two camps, as well as from those who are trying to

Aggression: "Most acts of aggression by toddlers are unprovoked"

I'm surprised there isn't a reality TV show about that yet.  Oh wait, it's called politics.

Attitudes & Behaviors: Republicans like Obama's ideas better when they are Trump's

Excellent research study found issues that Obama and Trump agree upon and presented them as supported by one or the
other.  They also asked Democrats.

Attraction & Relationships: Sexual arousal increased risk-taking in men and women equally

Attraction & Relationships: Phubbing!

Have you ever done it with your loved one?  You know what I'm talking about.  Snubbing him/her with your cellphone.
Examples of "phubbing" include "My partner places his or her cellphone where they can see it when we are together."
"My partner keeps his/her cellphone in their hand when he or she is with me."  Phubbed again!

Gender & Culture: California passes strong equal pay bill

Gender & Culture: First female baseball analyst

for a Major League baseball game

Gender & Culture: 70 awful displays of sexism on Fox News

Gender & Culture: Are the negative effects of viewing ultra-thin models the result of an automatic (unconscious)

Apparently not, according to this research -- depressing and angry feelings appears to require conscious focus.

Methods: Bayes for Beginners

APS President C. Randy Gallistel introduces readers to Bayesian statistical analysis in these two columns.

Prejudice: "Is 'homophobia' a mental illness?"

An excellent analysis by Greg Herek from his blog Beyond Homophobia

Prejudice: How do adults and children categorize mixed-race people?

Interesting findings

Prejudice: "Newest immigrants assimilating as fast as previous ones"

Good article reviewing extensive recent report by the National Academies of Science

Psychology in the Courtroom: "How jurors can be misled by...

emotional testimony and gruesome photos"

Psychology in the Courtroom/Social Judgment: "Response times do not imply accurate unconscious lie detection"

A recent study using IAT techniques suggested our unconscious mind could detect lying when our conscious mind could
not.  A reanalysis of the data brings this conclusion into question.

The Self: Spending, well-being, and happiness

This website, Beyond the Purchase, provides a lot of resources, including quizzes you can use with your students, on
how our purchases affect or are related to our happiness and well-being.

Technology in Teaching



Aggression: Sex without consent is rape (0:31)

A new Public Service Announcement from the Obama administration

Gender & Culture: Women as reward (33:59)

This video reviews how women are often treated as rewards in video games.

Psychology in the Courtroom/Social Judgment: The Memory Factory (1:11:05)

A lecture from Elizabeth Loftus -- "Eat your deviled eggs, young man!"  Well, no, not that kind of lecture.


How Do You ... ?

Ever wonder how your fellow social psych instructors handle a certain topic or issue in their courses? Then send me
your "How Do You..?" question and I will try and post it here. If I get some answers I will post them in the
following issue.

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